Sources have told Autocar that VW hasn’t gone down the Mini route by just tweaking the car’s styling.
The Beetle’s designers are working hard to create a new design rather than tweaking it. They are hopeful to produce a completely fresh, modern take on the classic VW.
A hybrid is also planned, with a similar drivetrain to that of the Jetta CC from this year’s Detroit show: a 150bhp turbocharged/supercharged 1.4 with a 27bhp electric motor.
The new Beetle is expected to go on sale in the UK in May 2011. A cabriolet will follow about a year later.